Jean Horton describes herself as “like Hemingway, but a chick.”
Her hobbies include day drinking at dive bars, watching football or her cousin’s lacrosse team and spending Saturdays at the City Market.
“I love to read and write, so I’ve got the nerd vibe going there,” says Horton, 37, who lives downtown in Kansas City’s Garment District.
The former English teacher is looking for a guy to help her turn a page in her book of relationships. It’ll be the latest in a series.
“I had a little bit of a heartbreak this last year,” she says. “I wasn’t happy in a lot of areas of my life, so I changed my job, sold my house in the suburbs and moved into a loft downtown.”
Now she works in marketing and has a second “fun job” working at Boulevard Brewing Co.’s new visitor center as a host a few days a month.
Horton’s Boulevard gig and her cat Callie are the two things that made the jump from her old life worth it.
“I always joke that I’m a crazy cat lady with one cat: One and done,” she says.
Horton describes herself as humorous, thoughtful and authentic.
“I genuinely care about other people and want to see them feeling included,” she says.
Eclectic is another word that fits the northern California transplant.
Horton owns 35 “The Cat Who …” mystery books.
“Friends are always like, ‘What the hell is this? You’re a grown woman!’ ” she says.
She has been known to randomly drop a dance move she calls “The Microwave,” which mimics warming up a Hot Pocket in the microwave. And she loves “Magnum, P.I.”
“I own the entire series,” Horton says, “and a 2-by-3-foot watercolor painting of him welcomes you when you walk into my house.”
She doesn’t shy away from the word “awkward,” either.
In fact, she embraces it, even penning a public blog called “The Misadventures of Awkward Jean — 37, Single and Just Shy of Crazy Cat Lady.”
Her perfect first date?
“Well, it’d start with me knowing it’s a date,” Horton says. “Sometimes I have trouble figuring out whether we’re just friends hanging out or if it’s a real date.”
After that has been established, she’s open to anything from live music and outdoor festivals to brunch and going antiquing.
“At the end of the day, I’m looking to find my best friend and someone I can grow old with and rely on,” she says. “Marriage and adventure? Great. Marriage, kids? Great. No marriage, no kids? Great.”
“It’s really just about finding that connection.”
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